Human Rights First today published an important report on the Syrian refugee crisis and the need for U.S. leadership. According to a press release from Human Rights First, the report warns that “to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, the United States must launch a global initiative to address the crisis, and significantly increase its own resettlement commitment, as well as its humanitarian assistance and development investment in the region.”
“In the absence of adequate responsibility-sharing by other countries, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey have imposed restrictions that deny entry to Syrian refugees and have made it more difficult for those who had succeeded in fleeing to neighboring countries to remain in the region,” said Human Rights First’s Eleanor Acer, who authored the report. “These escalating restrictions and lack of orderly resettlement or admission routes have sent a clear message to Syrians trying to flee their country and secure protection. It is no wonder so many Syrians have believed they had little choice but to try to secure protection in Europe. The continuing failure to adequately address the refugee crisis is harming U.S. national security interests, threatening the stability of frontline states and contributing to disunity in Europe.”
You can read the full report here.